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Roasted Green Peppers in Lisbon??

I definitely had some padron peppers on my recent travels in Portugal. They are not really spicey, but rather bitter.

Jul 02, 2015
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One Eyed Betty's Ferndale (DTW)

Thanks Boagman. I expected more from Ferndale. There are plenty of places to eat, but good ones?

Jul 02, 2015
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One Eyed Betty's Ferndale (DTW)

BF & I wanted dinner near The Magic Bag. Skimming comments here + Yelp I expected good things at One Eyed Betty's. We did like the vibe and the service. The menu features a nice range of snacks & plates.
Our food, however, was utterly forgettable. Onion rings (much praised by Yelpers) were gummy, greasy. My shrimp in yellow curry was a gunky mess, served atop white rice, with not many veggies nor much heat. BF's "poor man's plate" had some pretty lame kielbasa, atop rice & beans & absolutely blanketed in melted cheese.
We're not beer drinkers, which seems to be the big draw here.
Food wasn't bad, but I won't be back.

Jul 01, 2015
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Slows To-Go [DTW]

I've likes Slows To Go. Easy parking. Nice picnic tables in front. Happily ate our q out on the Riverwalk one summer evening.
Slows is good foodwise, but not amazing. Certainly not worthy of hassle of eating in the Corktown restaurant,

Jun 24, 2015
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Anything new up north (Charlevoix, Petoskey, Indian River)? v 2013

See my write-up of SOW in Charlevoix: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016571

Jun 16, 2015
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Anything new up north (Charlevoix, Petoskey, Indian River)? v 2013

Had dinner at Twisted Olive last week. Food was good, if uneven. Service was . . . odd. Very pushy sommelier. When my partner selected a glass of a specific Cote de Rhone, he received a (small) pour from a decanter, not the bottle.
For those prices, everything should have been better.

Jun 15, 2015
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SOW Smoke on the Water (Charlevoix)

Had a delightful lunch at this year-old restaurant in downtown Charlevoix. The smoke refers to the excellent barbecue, but there is much more going on at this welcoming place. I also enjoyed a light corn chowder, made with coconut milk, and slight Asian flavors. Excellent burger with wild mushrooms & provolone.
They bake their own challah for toast, sandwiches.
Breakfast menu looks fabulous.
Serve was great--attentive & open to substitutions.
Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
http://sow-bbq.com/

Jun 15, 2015
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Breakfast in Porto near Rua Santa Catarina

Confeitaria Bolhao (Rua Formosa 339) has both a lovely selection of pastry & a gorgeous high-ceiling, belle epoque dining room. And coffee. Right across from the Formosa entrance to the Mercado Bolhao (food hall)--certainly worth a visit.

Majestic Cafe on Rua Santa Catarina is another grand dame historic cafe. But I haven't been there.

May 26, 2015
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Look back in Hunger: Porto, Portugal.

In Lisbon, we enjoyed a mid-scale lunch at Tagide. It was good, the room & view is lovely. I was also jet-lagged . . .
More memorable was wandering around Alfama & stumbling into two hole-in-the-walls. We had grilled sardines & heard wonderful fado at semi-outdoor Resturante St. Andre, just down a street or two from the Miradoura do Graca, lookout spot. Then a second fabulous, home-style dinner at the no-frills Restaurante Casa Eurico Ferreira, also in Alfama.

In Porto, stop in at the delightful food shop Comer e Chorar por Mais (Rua Formosa), just a block from Mercado de Bolhao. Photos below. You would be smart to buy some cheese & bread from them & snack in a park. Staff is very knowledgeable, speaks great English.

A favorite dish throughout the trip was alheira, a chicken & game based sausage. Kinda smokey, wonderful mouthiness.

May 19, 2015
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Look back in Hunger: Porto, Portugal.

Where you going themiguel? Just returned from 2 weeks: Lisboa, Coimbra, Porto, Guimaraes, Alenquer, Douro.

May 19, 2015
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Look back in Hunger: Porto, Portugal.

In Matosinhos, loved Salto a Muro (closes for August). But any number of places looked great on same street (Rua Heróis de França).

May 19, 2015
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Farm Dinners in MI?

In southeast MI, Green Things Farm (Ann Arbor) does these throughout the harvest season.

May 15, 2015
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Best Bread in Detroit Region

The Mother Loaf does amazing stuff: wonderful breads, focaccia, tarts. Baking & selling out of Milan & some Ann Arbor farmers' markets. themotherloaf.org

May 13, 2015
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Best Bread in Detroit Region

Crust bread also for sale at Argus Farm Stop (Ann Arbor).

May 13, 2015
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Alenquer (Portugal)

Highly recommend Casta 85 Restaurant in the historic town of Alenquer, about 30 km from Lisbon. The chef does excellent, updated versions of Portuguese dishes. My partner & I enjoyed fresh favas cooked with ribs, chourico, & the best morcela (blood sausage)I ate in Portugal. Then grilled fish on a bed of pureed vegetables & shrimp. I had a large, succulent grilled octopus on a bed of greens. SAdly, no oom for dessert.
The room, with open kitchen, is laid-back, elegant, and large windows overlook the Alenquer River & the Largo do Espiritu Santo. The service was excellent, though the staff's English skills were iffy.

Alenquer sees few foreign tourists, but rather weekenders from Lisbon & Sintra. We stayed at the comfortable 10-room Quinta do Covanco.

Just off the A1--great option for a night before the Lisbon airport.

May 13, 2015
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Michigan meat..where to buy farm direct?

4H in Washtenaw County auctions off whole animals in early fall. You can bid on a whole pig, goat etc. Your purchase then goes to a local processor, cut as you desire.

May 13, 2015
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eating low-carb in Portugal

I had a lovely stay in Portugal. Truly enjoyed meals centered on fish, sausage, cabrito, seafood. I learned to ask for possible substitutions of the ubiquitous batatas (potatoes). Sometimes this meant more cooked carrots, once it meant a double helping of greens.
For breakfast at a cafe, I ordered a sandwich with ham, cheese, tomatoes on pao integral--ate it open-faced.
The daily menu often includes dessert--again, I learned to as for fruit rather than cake or mousse.

May 11, 2015
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eating low-carb in Portugal

Good news is that half the trip we are staying in airbnb apartments w/ a kitchen. So breakfast will be on me. I am looking forward to trying quiexo fresco.

Apr 28, 2015
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Look back in Hunger: Porto, Portugal.

Delightful montage! Now yet more excited for my upcoming trip to northern Portugal.

Apr 28, 2015
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eating low-carb in Portugal

I'm a type 2 diabetic and looking for healthy eating suggestions in Portugal. Heading to Lisboa & points north for two weeks. I'm looking forward to fish, seafood, sausage etc. I assume that green salads will be available at most restaurants.
I am kind of concerned about my breakfast options. Will eggs be available?

Apr 06, 2015
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Dining in Kalamazoo MI

I think the food is great at Food Dance. In terms of ambiance, nice if not really fancy.

Mar 09, 2015
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new taquerias in Ann Arbor/Ypsi

I had a fine meal at La Torre (1525 Washtenaw). My partner & I had tacos with four kinds of meat (lengua, asada, al pastor, carnitas)--all good, nicely portioned. The al pastor comes with delightful little cubes of caramelized pineapple. The tamal had a light masa & tasty meat-chile filling--spicy. We liked all three salsas.

This is a no frills place. Just a store-front, with 5 small tables. But the cook-owner & his family provided good food, with pleasant service, at low prices.

Next weekend: pozole!

Feb 22, 2015
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new taquerias in Ann Arbor/Ypsi

The Ann Arbor area has a bad track record for sustaining good quality taquerias. The laudable ones come and go (remember "Taco Boy"?). The ones that stand are of mixed quality (Tmaz, Taco King). That said, I have hopes for the newest arrivals.

La Torre Taqueria, 1525 Washtenaw, Ypsilanti
I haven't been yet, but the menu is straight-up tacos, tortas & menudo--and priced cheap for immigrant eaters.

Mi Compadre Restaurant, 2111 Packard, Ann Arbor
More of a full menu, including chicken w/ mole, Oaxacan specialties incl tlayudas, tortas (on home-baked rolls?!). Ate there in the "soft opening": food was so-so, prices were higher than local taquerias, service was a mess. My companion & I agreed that the food was neither good nor bad.

I also have my hopes pinned on
8 Tortas, soon to open at 3584 Plymouth Rd (Plymouth/Green shopping center), Ann Arbor.

Feb 20, 2015
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What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

I don't drink, but Jolly Pumpkin's food & vibe is good enough for it to be my go-to place on Main Street. Food is a mix of well-done bar stuff (excellent burger, unusual pizza, truffle fries) and farm-to-table sandwiches & entrees. And for farm-to--table, a reasonable price point.

Feb 09, 2015
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What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Slurping Turtle--yes.
Tomukun Grill, if you are both carnivores.
On Main St: Jolly Pumpkin.
If you need a great coffee, Mighty Good (on Main St, or on South University).

Feb 08, 2015
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Unique Dishes in Ann Arbor

Sriracha brats at Biercamp.

Feb 06, 2015
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Michigan Spanish purveyors of food

Morgan & York--an Ann Arbor wine/gourmet shop--imports quite a bit from Spain. Zingerman's as well.

Jan 18, 2015
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Seldon Standard - Detroit

I second most of Elyssa's comments. At dinner last night, we also really enjoyed the polenta with tomato-porcini sauce.
Bread (while made in house) was not too exciting.
Service was excellent.
Skipped dessert as I was happily sated with the celery root agnolotti with short ribs ragu . . .

Dec 31, 2014
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Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

Figuring that a Monday 1 p.m. wouldn't turn into a long wait, my party of 3 returned to Blimpy Burgers. We waited an HOUR. There were plenty of tables, but things took forever at the grill. Thus the line moved slower than molasses. Inexcusable given that they opened 2 months ago.

The food was pretty good, but no reason to return. And certainly not "cheaper than food".

Dec 30, 2014
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Shatila...and the wonders it holds. [DTW area]

I'm a fan of the apricot ice cream.

Oct 26, 2014
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